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Helping hands for Lincoln Elementary

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Teachers, residents and businesses across the state are pitching in to help Ogden's Lincoln Elementary community, which lost its school to an arson fire last week.

Some 400 students and 23 teachers, plus staff and administrators, were displaced by the fire. They have been welcomed at Edison Elementary, where they will become a "school within a school."

As law enforcement officials continue their investigation, area businesses are stepping up to help teachers replace supplies and materials lost in the blaze, offering cash donations, grants, discounts and free shopping sprees.

Teachers union chapters across the state also have offered to help, some with money, others with curriculum materials teachers depend on.

The Weber Education Association teachers union had collected $1,400 from its members as of Friday, the Utah Education Association reported. Ogden Education Association members will be doing fund-raising to help their friends at Lincoln.

The 2.6 million-member National Education Association has agreed to include an article on the fire in its national publication and ask members for contributions.

The Ogden School District Credit Union established a fund to replace lost teachers' items that may not be covered by insurance, such as personal book collections, photographs and paintings.

Donations may be sent to the Ogden School District Credit Union — Lincoln Elementary Fund, attn: Kent Greenfield, 1250 Country Hills Drive, Ogden, UT 84403. Or call the Utah League of Credit Unions at 972-3400 for more information.